Perhaps the greatest strength for IGT is its library of incredibly prolific games – particularly slot machines – that it has developed for major resorts in the United States and around the world. Many of these games have been acclaimed by audiences for many years, and offer features and presentation that are well beyond most of their competition.
When these titles make the transition to the Internet, they have quite a few advantages. They’re already battle-tested from their time in “real” casinos, and they have a built-in audience of fans who have already played them in person, and now get the chance to try the games once again from their home or on their mobiles. The combination of great products and brand recognition has made for many hits in the firm’s collection.
Some of their most popular games have been entirely original in-house developments. For instance, take the Wolf Run machine, one of the most famous slots in the world. Found in numerous casinos with a rather straightforward Native American/Wolf theme, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of this machine. However, this was one of the first games to feature the innovative stacked wilds feature, which creates the potential for huge wins by allowing for entire reels to turn wild.
IGT is equally well known for their extensive collection of machines that are based on licensed properties. A great number of their games are based on well-known game shows; it’s a thematic element that works well, since the idea of winning prizes crosses over from the theme into the slots.
A couple of these games are particularly popular. Wheel of Fortune is another of the most popular land-based slots ever among live players, and IGT has brought that same concept to the online market with a few twists, such as in Wheel of Fortune Hollywood Edition, and Wheel of Fortune Triple Action Frenzy. Another game that has gathered plenty of attention is Jeopardy!, based on the classic quiz show hosted by Alex Trebek.
Board games are another area in which the company holds plenty of licenses. Monopoly is a popular theme, with several different games based on the board game being offered online. Cluedo is another property that IGT has brought to the Internet slots world, and there are even a couple of games based on the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game.
There are also several titles that feed into a progressive jackpot system run by the company, known as the Mega Jackpots games. This enormous prize can be won at most sites that spread the company’s games, and can be accessed through a few different machines, including MegaJackpots Monopoly, MegaJackpots Cluedo, and MegaJackpots Cleopatra. This prize is often worth a life-changing amount of money; in some cases, the jackpot has paid out more than $3 million (or £2 million).